GI or gastrointestinal tract health is a top priority at Vista Medical Center East. Our gastroenterology staff performs a number of diagnostic procedures and therapies that use the latest technology in endoscopy. What’s the benefit? Your doctors get a clear look at parts of the body not easily accessible by other methods, and you get GI care that you can trust, close to home.
TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication) is used to treat chronic acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A completely incisionless procedure, TIF reconstructs the antireflux barrier to provide a solution to the anatomical root cause of GERD. The procedure is for patients who are dissatisfied with current pharmaceutical therapies or are concerned about the long-term effects of daily use of reflux medications.
If you have heartburn twice a week or more, you may have GERD. Heartburn is the most common symptom, but you may also experience:
Normally, after swallowing, a valve between the esophagus and stomach opens to allow food to pass and then closes to prevent stomach contents from “refluxing” back into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest. For people who suffer from GERD, the valve is dysfunctional and unable to prevent acid from refluxing into the esophagus.
GERD today is typically treated with medications such as histamine receptor antagonists (H2 blockers), such as Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Nexium, Prilosec and Protonix. These medications can lose their effectiveness over time. They also don’t treat the underlying root causes of reflux, the deteriorated anatomy of the antireflux barrier, so life-long medication therapy is required. In addition, recent studies on the adverse effects of long-term use of PPIs indicate a significantly higher incidence of hip fractures, particularly among women.
For people who have severe GERD, surgical intervention may be required. Though the conventional laparoscopic procedure has long been proven a very effective long-term solution, it is still “invasive.” It includes incisions and patients must remain in the hospital for up to several days. For that reason, the number of GERD sufferers who undergo the procedure is relatively small.
Join Dr. Laurence Gibson for a seminar on the new TIF procedure, which surgically reconstructs the natural valve that stops acid from coming up.
To register for a FREE seminar, please call (847) 360- 4246.
To make an appointment for consultation with Dr. Laurence Gibson, please call (847) 856-2525.
For more information, please call:
Vista Medical Center East
1324 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085